Uchimura, the three-time world champion, took the lead halfway through the all-around competition — and never let it go.
He finished his night on the floor exercise, twisting through the air so quickly during his tumbling passes that he was nothing but a blur. When he was done and his feet finally hit the ground, he walked off with a smile that had been missing from his Olympics so far.
Finally, four years after winning silver in the all-around at the Beijing Games, Uchimura stood atop the medal stand to hear Japan’s national anthem being played just for him. He took the gold medal in his hands and examined it, as if to make sure it was real.
Read the rest of the story: Japan’s Uchimura Wins Gold in Men’s Gymnastics All-Around.